Lada Niva Somewhere in Russia

We love the Lada Niva here at Oddimotive!  These offer hatchback looks and functionality with Jeep off-road capability and Eastern Bloc mystique.  This one is offered be a zero feedback seller in Russia who provides previous little information.  What could go wrong?

Claimed mileage is 62K, but we imagine that’s kilometerage.  The seller does claim is has roof rack, tow hitch, gas equipment and new suspension and that the transmission is Руководство.  Google translates that to “leader.”  Did these even come with automatics transmissions?  Hopefully not…

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Екатеринбург, Свердловская область, Russian Federation
$8,100 BIN price with offers considered and 6 days to go

This is as good a picture as the seller provided.  Classic Niva lines are clearly visible.

Here’s part of the rear.

In case you were interested in the door handle…

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roof rack, tow hitch, gas equipment, new suspension 
USSR (1985 release)

Celebrate the Failure of Socialism in Style!

The Trabi – does it really need an introduction. If you lived in East Germany and were lucky enough to be chosen to get a car; but not lucky enough to be of the ruling class, who didn’t follow their own rules, this was your car – either in sedan or wagon form.

This example seems to be complete, though not in great shape.  The seller claims is runs, has a very strong engine and has little to no rust.  That’s all good enough news.  If the bids stay low and the reserve isn’t crazy, this still has room to be a good deal for someone looking for an oddity.

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Hollywood, FL, USA
$255.00 with two bids and reserve not met (no, we’re not sure how many East German Marks that is/was)

This was modern styling in the late 50s, but this is a 1988 model.  Welcome to the failures of socialism.

Again, this isn’t a bad style as a classic.  The fins give away its 50s design origins.

Front end isn’t too special, and even has a little Mini in it.

Rear shows large hatch opening.

The seller had some trouble rotating images, so this is the cargo hold shot!  It appears there is some space.

The interior is rather spartan – nothing the people didn’t need.

Apparently, some owner found the tiny wheel hard to use and added a nasty Pep Boys cover.  Note seat wear – presumably, the seats were swapped left to right.

Here’s the engine and more evidence of rotation problems.

It’s a money shot when the data plate references the Deutsche Demokratische Republik.

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Here is your chance to own a piece of Cold War history. Trabants were produced in East Germany, DDR, from 1957 through 1991. This is the people’s car, much like West Germany’s VW, that East Germans drove through the Berlin Wall after the collapse of communism in November 9, 1989. Trabants were made of Duroplast, which is a cotton based resin compound similar to fiberglass that is weather resistant, very strong and rust proof built on a steel pan, much like the Beetle. It has an aluminum 26 hp 600cc aircooled 2 cylinder 2 stroke engine mounted to a 4 speed, with reverse, front wheel drive transaxle. Trabis are very dependable and reliable. There are no pumps, i.e. fuel, water or oil to maintain in any Trabants. They are fun to drive, get good mileage @ 35mpg +, handle extremely well, are excellent in snow and weigh only 1350lbs. They will cruise at 60mph all day and can do 70mph+ for short stretches. 

Additional Facts and History That Makes This Car Unique:

VERY STRONG ENGINE. Odometer reads 24000km about 42000miles, probably turned over once. It has the original drive train and trim, low back seats, original steering wheel, original jack and spare etc.  50/1 oil/gas ratio engine. Strong frame. No major rust.  It might need a paint job . It will draw attention at any car show. Clear Florida title. Tag and drive it today. Great investment that will only increase in value. 

Although Trabants are rare in the US, we have a growing national club called TrabantUSA.
where membership is free and we support the preservation of these unique vehicles. Parts are inexpensive and readily available, i.e. LDM Tuning and Reich Tuning etc. Free technical support is also available through our Trabant Yahoo group. DC Rally, sponsored by the International Spy Museum in Washington DC . It’s free and a must for any Trabant enthusiast. The museum rewards every Trabi in attendance with a trophy, free lunch, money for gas and hotel. What other car club does that?


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Eastern Bloc Cars are Like Cockroaches

…or at least it appears this one survived Katrina.

This is a rare NOLA Oddimobile, but if it was there for Katrina, it was stored away nicely in someone random-ass collection, as it appears to be in great shape.  The seller claims ridiculously low mileage – so low that one would have to ask why and get some documentation.

While modern Skodas are surely better cars for regular use, it’s refreshing to see one that’s not just a rebadged Volkswagen.  The seller provides lots of background info on the model, but little related to the car itself.

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New Orleans, LA

Flat black spoiler adds sporty flair, much like that on a 635CSi.  This rear-engine car does a decent job of hiding its engine location, what with a lack of scoops and vents.  Will it cool?

Things are pretty basic here, but vintage cool.  This probably looked vintage cool to US eyes in the early 80s.  I gather the shifter might have long throws.

Driver and front passenger travel in reasonable comfort.

Rear seat space looks okay for kids.

Here’s the tiny engine.  It must have been all the people really needed in the Czechoslovakian Socialist Republic.

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The Škoda 105/120/125 were three variations of a rear-engined, rear-wheel drive compact car that was produced by Czechoslovakian car manufacturer AZNP in Mladá Boleslav between 1976 and 1990; engine sizes were 1.05 and 1.2 liters respectively. The range was face lifted in 1984 with a revised front design and engine improvements, together with the introduction of a new 1.3 litre version known as the Škoda 130/135/136.

All 105/120/125 and 130 models known by their Å koda internal reference as Type 742,[2] and the later 135 and 136 models as Type 746.[3] In the UK the 105/120 models were known as the Super Estelle until 1984 when the face lifted models were called Estelle Two.

In the early 1970s, Å koda had originally intended to produce their successor to the S100/110 as a front-engined front-wheel drive model. However, because of the lack of funding (Å koda had even applied for license in Moscow to produce their new car with a front-engine and front-wheel drive), Å koda was refused a licence and was forced to update the earlier S100/110 saloon models. The main reason Å koda was not granted a licence to produce their new car was because it would have turned out to be a thoroughly more modern car than any other car from the Soviet Union, something which the Russians wouldn’t have been too happy about.[citation needed] At that time, most cars from the Soviet Union had either a front engine driving the rear wheels or a rear engine driving the rear wheels. There was even a front-engined front-wheel drive Å koda 105/120 prototype, which looked almost identical to the rear-engined one. Because imports were banned, Å koda would not have had the proper resources or technology to produce a front-engined car with front-wheel drive.

The cars were initially criticised for unpredictable handling “at the limit” but it is unlikely that most motorists would notice anything untoward under normal conditions. The cars continued to win their class with monotonous regularity on international rallies, and were increasingly popular with budget-conscious motorists across Europe. The location of the radiator at the front of the car had the advantage of cooling the engine much more efficiently on the motorway. However, because it was much more complex than in the earlier models, the cooling system was very prone to airlocks, which often led to overheating and even head gasket failure

Rugged and robust vehicles, they were designed for the primitive roads of Soviet-dominated Central and Eastern Europe, where the best traction layout of a two wheel drive car is a significant benefit. They were once common sight in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.

Even enthusiasts for the marque would agree that quality control could sometimes have been improved in this era. It was these cars that inspired the famous Å koda jokes, but re-evaluation of the models with the benefit of many years hindsight means that the cars are much more highly regarded today.

car runs and drives excellent Super clean interior only has 7400 kilometer thanks..

The Best Vehicle Ever Made in Ulyanovsk, Russia?

This just might be!  It’s the UAZ-469, otherwise known as the goat.  This was/is basically the commie Jeep.

There was even an ill-fated attempt to build and sell these in the US.  It always makes sense to bring low-cost vehicles from places with low labor cost and attempt to build them in a country with very high labor cost.  What could go wrong?

The seller of this vehicle claims to be the original owner, says it was bought in 1992 and claims very low kilometerage.  What’s not explained is how it is legally usable on US roads.  Is it?

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Houston, TX

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I am the original owner of this UAZ Russian Jeep which I purchased in Moscow in 1992. I have maintained it but driven almost never. It is in as new condition. Runs great.

This is a great vehicle for a hunt camp, a ranch or farm. Fabulous vehicle for off road use. There are many YouTube videos extolling its abilities. It is not a highway cruiser as top speed is about 60 mph.

This vehicle is all over Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Parts are readily available, though this vehicle needs nothing.

Four wheel drive has super low gearing for mudding or trail riding.

Another Fly In/Drive Home?

Why not pop over to sunny Lithuania, buy a beach bar with tracks and drive it home, wherever that may be?

Really, this is a pretty brilliant idea.  It’s too bad for us US types that it’s in Lithuania.  I can only imagine the permitting/legal fun that would come with trying to license this for the street and drive it around in densely populated areas, selling alcohol.

It appears this is built on some sort of industrial machine.  Some of the English in the is ever-so-slightly off, but the points come across just fine.  Still, I wonder about the “autonomous water supply and sewage system.”

I won’t even try to put a value on this…

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Kaunas, Lithuania
$7,000 BIN with offers considered

She seems happy,and it’s not even clear that alcohol was involved!

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The external renovation is needed, photos of the vehicle was made after renovation.The additional information and photos of current condition can be sent to you by e-mail on your request.

Length: 2m; 
Width 1,2m; 
Height:adjustable, minimum height 1,3m.
Technical details:
For movement vehicle uses electric energy coming from the batteries.
2*12V, 125Ah batteries
Rubber tracks
Construction from stainless steel.
Stainless steel counter-tops.
Autonomous water supply and sewage system.
Adjustable roof height 
Driving console
2 speeds.
The vehicle was used as a moving seaside drinks’ and snacks’ bar. The idea was that not the customers are coming to you, but you are going to them. It was used in sandy, viscous beach, where movement on tracks was the only possibility. 
The bar is easily transportable by trailer, on which it rides by itself. We also have the trailer which can be sold for additional price.
The bar was constructed on the electronic trucks’ platform which was used in constructions.
Pick up by the buyer.